Workers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets removed the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis before dawn on Thursday in New Orleans. The two remaining monuments slated for removal are of Confederate generals, P.G.T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee.
Morris Jeff Community School staff sent out a recorded message late Wednesday to parents, saying that the New Orleans Police Department had confirmed that the Jefferson Davis monument would be removed overnight. Despite the city's attempts to keep the scene relatively low-profile, hundreds of protesters, mostly supportive but some against the statue's removal, showed up.
Also slated for removal is the statue of Robert E. Lee at the city's iconic lee circle.
The statue is the second of four Confederate-era structures scheduled for removal by the Louisiana city. The University of Texas at Austin removed a statue of Jefferson Davis in 2015, and officials in Lousiville, Ky. removed a Confederate monument late previous year. Landrieu said the statues will go to storage while the city looks for a suitable place to display them, such as a museum.
Charlie Schmitz, a white attorney in New Orleans who also stood among the Confederate supporters, said he anxious that taking down the monuments is essentially rewriting history.
Frank Scurlock, a candidate for New Orleans mayor and would-be developer of the former Six F... The Liberty Monument was made in 1891 to honor the Crescent City White League, an organization created in 1874 to turn Republicans out of office and intimidate freedmen from voting and political organizing.
Critics of the monuments say they foster racism by celebrating leaders of the Confederacy in the pro-slavery South during the U.S. Civil War.
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The demonstration attracted more than 700 people, including counter-protesters who carried Confederate flags. His group has offered a three-point plan for keeping them in place, which includes interpretative plaques to help put the monuments in context.
A judge has rejected a last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans.
In a statement Thursday morning, Landrieu called the Confederate memorials "not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future".
1- Everyone should practice tolerance and respect of ALL of New Orleans monuments.
Workers with covered faces wrapped the sculpture of Davis in green bubble wrap and placed a harness attached to a crane around the statue, according to AP.
The Davis statue stands on top of a roughly 12-foot column and depicts the Confederate president with his right arm outstretched, towering over the street also named after him.
This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence.
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